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wisdom martin in for brian bolter with the news edge at 11:00. two big stories we're working on now. in washington this weekend, two big rallies, one hosted by glenn beck at the lincoln memorial on the anniversary of martin luther king's i have a dream speech. al sharpton's rally will be steps away from the mlk memorial. live at the national mall with the story is john henrehan. >> reporter: i'm at the lincoln memorial, wisdom, where maybe 2,000 people have already assembled. these people are spending the night in order to be close to glenn beck's restoring honor rally at the lincoln memorial saturday morning. i've asked a couple people from the crowd to come explain why they're here. national park service says you can't camp here but if they stay awake, they're allowed to stay. i just want to know, why have you come to washington d.c. for
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this? >> i've come a very faithful avid glenn beck watcher, and i truly believe that he is right on with what he is doing. he's trying to restore honor back to the united states, and i am very very passionate about having our country go back to the way it was with our founding fathers, with the constitution, and that's why i'm here. i want to support glenn back. >> this is restoring honor. does america not have honor at the moment? >> i think it's lost it. i'm a vietnam vet. my wife watches glenn beck. she watches him like sharon does. i spent 20 years defending the country against enemies, foreign and domestic. and i'm here to make my thoughts known to the government. >> reporter: 2 of many thousands that are here. this event starts tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.
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in the lincoln memorial. i would come by washington. there's nobody going to able to park nearby. audrie barnes is following another story. >> reporter: hundreds of university students met with al sharpton on the eve of his reclaim the dream rally at dunbar high school. it's the counter rally to glenn beck's event on the lincoln memorial steps, and one of the organizers of tonight's rally is brandon harris. the president of the howard university student association. thanks for being with us. what did you think when you first heard glenn beck planned this event for the 43rd anniversary of the i have a dream speech. >> i was appalled. i think it's one of the most disrespectful things we've witnessed in american history. you cannot silo the dream to one specific group. it's about bringing everybody together. it's the essence of american
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democrats. i was appalled. >> reporter: what did you think of rev rand sharp ton's address here? was it enlightening. >> it was very powerful. we wanted to get everybody amped, excited, to really create change tomorrow. that's what tomorrow is about. tomorrow is about a victory. >> reporter: do you think a lot of students really understand why it's important to be there. do they really know what the speech is all about. >> especially here on howard campus, i definitely think we understand that, because we have a long history of student activism, and we're very active, but also because that speech has defined our culture and our nation for the last 47 years, and to not understand that, as african-american students who try to be leaders, that's unacceptable, and we truly understand the gravity of it. >> reporter: so you're expecting a good turn out tomorrow. >> definitely, will be good. >> reporter: thank you for being here with us. wisdom, back to you. >> audrie barnes reporting. thank you very much. those rallies will cause several road closures around the national mall. that includes 17th street between constitution and
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independence avenues. a stretch of independence avenue will also be shut down from 17th to 23rd street. keep in mind, you can always check myfoxdc.com for more details. he's out. that's the call today from an umpire. not an umpire but from a doctor that has sidelined stephen strasburg. the team confirms that strasburg has a significant tear in his right elbow. fox5's lindsay murphy joins us now with more on what's ahead for stephen strasburg. lindsey. >> wisdom, this was the news the nationals were dreading. their star pitcher, a guy who has spent 75 days in the major leagues is now shut down and will likely undergo tommy john surgery on his el bee. he will travel to the west coast for a second opinion but the 22-year-old rookie has accepted the fact already that he will need the surgery. it's an injury that will require 12 to 18 months of rehab, meaning he could miss most if not all of next season. he grimaced last saturday after
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throwing a change-up. that's the last time he'll pitch for awhile. >> it kind of sucks to have it end like this, but i got a lot of great experience when i was up here, and the weird thing about it is, you know, that last game, that was when everything started to click. that was when i had that feeling. >> we're all disappointed that this has happened, and i haven't been sleeping too well since it has, and i don't sleep that well in the season anyway thinking about things. am i disappointed sure? is everybody? everybody. he had 92 strike outs in 68 innings with the nationals. there is no doubt the team and the fans here in d.c. will miss him. wisdom. >> we sure will, lindsey. thank you very much for that report. during his brief time in the majors, he's lived up to the hype surrounding his electric arm, some of his fastballs clocked in at 100 miles an hour but if strasburg goes under surgery, will he be the same
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afterwards? one leading orthopedic in our area says he thinks so. >> stephen strasburg is facing the biggest hurdle of his career. he's expecting tommy john surgery to relieve his pitching arm. >> it'sa i bump in the road, a very significant one. >> reporter: complete recovery is not a guarantee, but it's not the end of the world either. >> this used to be a career-ending injury, but in the last two decades, the procedure has gotten more refind and the success rate is high. >> what about the come back after the surgery? will we see the same pitcher? >> i don't think his risk of actually reinjuring and having the same injuries is high at all. the success rate has been really in the 90% range. >> reporter: steven has some history on his side. other big-name pitchers have come back from this type of surgery and returned to form.
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but pack some patience for this pitcher. it could be 12 to 18 months before we see him on the diamond again. >> typically the first year back, they're at a limited pitch count, limited innings count, some of the starting pitchers in the past have come back as relievers for a year or two like john smolts, but have gone on and gotten back into the rotation. >> now, while surgery seems inevitable, he's heading to the west coast tomorrow to get a second opinion. a body weekend ahead for commuters. coming up, the traffic alerts you need to know about before you head out the door. ford announces a minivan recall. we'll let you know which ones and why the company wants the vehicles off the road.
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>> talk about a scary ride. some passengers aboard a british airways flight from london to hong kong say they were
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traumatized on tuesday when an announcement came over the speakers. it warned passengers to embrace themselves because the plane was about to crash. as you could imagine, passengers panicked and flight attendants had to calm them down. a crew member played the message by mistake. a new drug that could prevent thousands of people from going blind. laura evans with your fox5 top 5. wisdom, it's the first effective treatment for a condition that is like having a stroke in the eye, known as retinal vein eclusion. the drug is injected into the eye and released into the body over the next six months. patients say it's working. it's caused by the blockage of the blood vessels in the back of the eye which causes fluids to leak out damage to the retina. an agricultural inspector will visit a feed mill linked to a salmonella outbreak to see if
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they're operating correctly. wright county egg, one of two farms that recalled the eggs, and they provided the seed to another farm that recalled the outbreak. ford is recalling thousands of win star vans because of rust that could cause the rear axle to break. from 1998 to 2003 sold in cold weather states that salt can cause more corrosion. no costs will be to the owners. delays on metroes. they will be trimming the weeds along the red, blue, yellow and green lines. passengers should expect delays up to 30 minutes. number 1 is a weekend traffic alert. construction near i66 and the belt way is expected to cause big delays. three lanes of traffic will move to one lane because of construction at muttly avenue. delays could be an hour at peak
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time. for more information you can find it on kd my fox dec.com, just click on web lines. why the social fabric of the city is being destroyed, coming up next. like a lot of politicians say, talk is cheap. what about singing? a pair of local musicians give their say on d.c.'s mayoral race. 
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. >> a new music video has hit youtube promoting adrian fenty's re-election bid for mayor. [music] >> the group sings d.c. go backwards as fenty leads. kids and adults in the background hold up four fingers representing four more years for the mayor. fenty is in the middle of a tight race with council chairman
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vincent gray. mayor fent andy gray will face off on fox5 on a live debate next weekend. you can find it right here at 9:00 a.m. on fox5 morning news. >> five years later and many communities are still struggling to rebuild following hurricane katrina. who can forget these pictures of the lower ninth ward in new orleans. the area was the hardest hit, and the storm sent the city spiralling into chaos. tonight though, investigators are checking out allegations that police were told to take the city back and to shoot looters. craig boswell takes a look. >> reporter: the lower ninth ward, one of the neighborhoods hardest hit when the hurricane slammed into the gulf coast five years ago. some people have returned to rebuild but it's been an uphill battle. ben johnson with the chamber of commerce says the people most affected by katrina were low
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income families and the elderly. >> low income poor families, senior citizens normally did not have insurance. they do not have a savings account just to rebuild their home, so there's a lot of efforts that have been tried to be done to allow resources for any individual or family that wants to come back to new orleans to come back. >> reporter: according to data tracking, the population is back to about 78% of where it was before the storm. but of the lower ninth, only 22% have returned. >> the road home program is to help them return. unfortunately, the program is set up such that people got reimbursed based on the prestorm value of their home. in low income neighborhoods, those values weren't high. it may have been 20 or $30,000 when you might need $150,000 to rebuild. >> reporter: some residents say those houses are more than many the old residents can afford.
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they're actually displacing residents and destroying the social fabric of the city, many residents city. fox5 news. >> all right, gary mcgrady, it's nice outside today, and you're going to tell us how nice it's going to be this weekend. >> could be really good tomorrow. >> you know i got to get the kids this weekend. >> you're driving on sunday, will be in the nice cool air conditioning. sunday is when it's going to start getting hot around here. >> and when they get back, that's when the kids are going to be hot? >> i hate when i say this, but next week looks -- i don't want to say heatwave. >> you got to say it. >> any type of heatwave. she doesn't like it when i say that. but anyway, it is going to be hot next week. it's going to be unusually hot as temperatures go up into the mid to upper 90s. again, that's next week. let's enjoy the weekend, shall we? like we enjoyed today? like we enjoyed this evening.
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temperatures pretty good, sitting in the 70s now, some 60s too. highs today for reagan 83. let's see where it is right now. bwi 67, dulles 69, and here in the city, at national, wee we're down into the 70s, 73 degrees. fredricksburg has cooled off to 69 degrees and upper 60s to lower 70s along i81. tomorrow, 86 degrees. that's pretty tomorrow. should be about 85 for a high temperature. and sunday we'll be up to 92, 93 degrees for a high temperature, so definitely tuesday is when we start to warm the temperatures up, and look at next week. monday, 96. tuesday, 96. and if this trend had a day 5 and day 6, we might still be in the mid to upper 90s. it looks like we will be for wednesday. the question is will we stay in the mid to upper 90s on thursday, and maybe into friday of next week. so again, after this weekend,
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next week, it's going to be real real hot around here, but the humidity will stay in check. so that's pretty good in terms of keeping all the oppressive heat index values from hitting us along with that heat next week. max hd future cast. this is the reason it was so nice today, and this is the reason it's going to be so nice the next several days. high pressure has just kind of set up shop right here on top of washington d.c. for the next several days, and as long as it stays there, we'll be warm to hot, and all the rain will stay back out to the west of us and the humidity will stay to the south. clear skies tonight, 50s in the suburbs, 64 in town, sunny skies tomorrow, pleasantly warm. temperatures get up to about 86 degrees. and again, the heat builds, starting tomorrow -- well, starting sunday and right on through most of next week. so have a great weekend. stay cool, certainly by sunday, lindsey is coming back with a look at yoir sports. stay with us.
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>> good evening. i'm lindsay murphy. tonight was preseason game 3 for the redskins. the game where the starters see the majority of the action. only donovan mcnabb was on the sidelines with an ankle sprain. we're in new york against the jets. the jets sending out three former redskins, koelz, brunel and taylor for the coin toss. he drops back, hooks up with santana moss for the nice
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29-yard gain. that would help lead to a field goal to tie it up at 3-3. second quarter, the skins' defense coming up pretty big. deangello hall intercepts sanchez. he returns it 35 yard and is it leads to another field goal to put the skins up 6-3. 2 minutes in the first half, cant handle the snap. kicks it out of the end zone for a safety. they would fall behind until late in the game until larry johnson takes the screen pass from bartell 53 yards. the redskins win 16-11. >> we got a defense too. we got a very good defense, not only the sacks but the turnovers, and just very pleased with the overall effort, because they're an excellent rushing football team, and they did get some yards here and there, but i thought we kind of picked it up and made some plays we had to. we surely don't have it down
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yet, but i'd like to -- the mind set we had, just got to tweak a few things and hopefully get ready for dallas. >> the days of watching stephen strasburg throw a 100 miles per hour fastball and killer change up are over, at least for a year. he will likely undergo tommy john surgery to repair a torn ligament. he'll travel to the west coast for a second opinion but his injury will require 12 to 18 months of rehab, meaning he will miss most if not all of next season. he grimaced last saturday after throwing a change up, and that's when he realized something was wrong, but this news didn't sink in right away. >> it didn't take a matter of minutes, took definitely a few hours. i got great support all around me, and they reminded me of everything that i should be thankful for, and you know, they put everything into perspective for me. the big thing that -- bottom line, this is a game. i'm very blessed to play this game for a living.
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it's a minor setback but in the grand scheme of things it's just a blip on the radar screen. >> what about his teammate, scott olsen and the nationals hosting the cardinals. top of the 3rd, alberto gonzalez charges, he can't scoop it up. allen craig scores and the cards lead 3-0. pudge rodriguez with runners on the corner but he grounds out to win the game. the cardinals double up the nats 4-2. facing elimination tonight against the atlanta dream. the mystics jump out to a 9-0 lead. the dream would come back. markez with a bank shot here, the mystics 101 to 77 to get to the playoffs for the second year in a row. tonight's game of the week,
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coolidge coach's natae randolph's game was spoiled in a loss to bishop carol. we'll return after the break.  no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. that means working with communities.
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we have 19 centers in 4 states. we've made over 120,000 claims payments, more than $375 million. we've committed $20 billion to an independent claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. we'll keep looking for oil, cleaning it up if we find it and restoring the gulf coast. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right.
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>> a quick reminder about the big weekend on the national mall. alsharp ton and glenn beck

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